June 6, 2014
Twelve people injured at a South Carolina Inn when the deck suddenly collapsed. There was a beautiful rainbow and the people in the hotel all rushed out on the deck to see it. People swaying on a deck is worse than a hurricane to a deck's integrity. But I'll bet it wasn't built correctly. I see this all the time. Even new decks, built with nails underneath instead of screws, not bolted into the ledger board, no Simpson ties at the joints. It's just a matter of time.
For every Deck Collapse story you read about or see on the TV News, there are hundreds you don't hear about. Unsafe decks are in every state in the U.S. just waiting for this kind of tragedy.